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Root Canals


3D rendered cross-section view of a tooth and its rootsA root canal is a procedure that gets rid of the infected pulp from the tooth. The pulp is made up of connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves that aid in tooth development. After removing the pulp, the dentist cleans, disinfects, fills, and closes the affected tooth. The primary goal of this treatment is to prevent tooth loss, and contrary to popular belief, it is not painful. The infection is the main cause of pain and discomfort but not the treatment. However, the dentist will anesthetize the tooth and the surrounding area before the procedure starts to control the pain. After the procedure, you might feel soreness, which over-the-counter medicines can alleviate. Visit Frankart Family Dental to schedule an appointment for a root canal procedure.

Who Needs a Root Canal?


People with pulp that is harmed, irritated, or inflamed benefit from a root canal. It is also appropriate for people with a large cavity, a broken tooth, or issues with prior fillings. Bacteria infect the bone by destroying the pulp and accessing the root apertures. As a result, this causes the ligaments surrounding the tooth to enlarge and become looser due to bone weakening and breaking down. If the infection is not treated, it may spread to other areas of the mouth, and if it becomes more severe, it can lead to tooth extraction.

Temperature changes affect those with damaged or injured pulp, more so when they have hot or cold drinks. You need a root canal if you experience pain or discomfort when biting or chewing food. A root canal may also be helpful to those who have gums that are discolored, inflamed, or with pimples. Ensure you have an appointment with your dentist if you are experiencing significant tooth pain. It's also advisable to have regular dental check ups. During your dental exam, your dentist will identify any potential problems and suggest the best treatment for you.

Root Canal Procedure


The technician will take you to the treatment room when you arrive at the dentist's office for your dental appointment. With the technician's assistance, you will sit in the chair, wearing a bib around your neck to guard against stains on your clothes. The dentist will anesthetize the gums around the affected tooth to make sure you don't feel any pain during the process.

After numbing the tooth, the dentist makes a small incision on the top of the tooth and uses a file to remove any damaged or injured pulp. After removing the pulp, the dentist applies antibiotics to the affected area to completely treat the infection and lower the likelihood of reinfection. The dentist will then clean and disinfect the canals. The tooth is filled and sealed using a rubber-like material (sealer paste). They will fill the small hole in the top of your tooth with a temporary, soft substance to prevent saliva from damaging the canals.

Be sure to visit the dentist a few days after the root canal procedure. The dentist will examine the afflicted tooth's surrounding area to make sure it isn't infected. Until the tooth is permanently filled, avoid biting or chewing with it.

For more details about the root canal procedure, visit Frankart Family Dental. Call us today at (513) 809-1366.
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